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Today Friday March 22

Afternoon

Jazz

Rendezvous Jazz - Monkseaton Arms, Front Street, Monkseaton NE25 8DP. Tel: 0191 251 3928. 1:00pm. Free.

Evening.

CANCELLED!

Quay Quartet - Prohibition Bar, Pink Lane, Newcastle NE1 5DW. 7:30pm. £5.00. New band led by Callum Mellis.

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Crooners - Gala Theatre & Cinema, Millennium Place, Durham DH1 1WA. Tel: 0300 266 600. 7:30pm. £22.50.(£20.00. concs).

Blues

Howlin' Rick & the Rocketeers - Billy Bootleggers, Nelson St, Newcastle NE1 5AN. 9pm. Free.

To the best of our knowledge, details of the above events are correct but may be subject to alteration.

Sunday, January 06, 2019

CD Review: The 14 Jazz Orchestra - The Future Ain't What It Used To Be. Arranged by Dan Bonsanti

Another big band wizbang! This one doesn't need any narrative - just a band that swings and features some ace soloists. I can't/won't list the full personnel. Whoever designed the sleeve opted for dark grey text on dark black background - how do these guys get the job?
I can't name him as, no doubt, his name too is lost in the mire - let's just hope he doesn't get a gig doing road signs!

Fortunately, the music rises above such mundane matters and the soloists and guests* are named on the website. It's as swinging a contemporary big band as you are likely to find either side of the Atlantic.

A big band version of Tennessee Ernie's Sixteen Tons must be a first - they've nailed this one. Bonsanti's arrangement - like all the others on the album - will surely find its way into many big band libraries.

Love it, if not the album's presentation.
Lance.
* Randy Brecker; Mark Colby; Mark Egan; Danny Gottlieb; Marko Marcinko; Rick Margitza; Lee Levin & Richard Bravo.
Available as of Jan. 1 - see website.

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Bebop Spoken Here -- Here, being the north-east of England -- centred in the blues heartland of Newcastle and reaching down to the Tees Delta and looking upwards to the Land of the Kilt.
Not a very original title, I know; not even an accurate one as my taste, whilst centred around the music of Bird and Diz, extends in many directions and I listen to everything from King Oliver to Chick Corea and beyond. Not forgetting the Great American Songbook the contents of which has provided the inspiration for much great jazz and quality popular singing for round about a century.
The idea of this blog is for you to share your thoughts and pass on your comments on discs, gigs, jazz - music in general. If you've been to a gig/concert or heard a CD that knocked you sideways please share your views with us. Tell us about your favourites, your memories, your dislikes.
Lance (Who wishes it to be known that he is not responsible for postings other than his own and that he's not always responsible for them.)
Contact: lanceliddle@gmail.com I look forward to hearing from you.

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